“It’s amazing when it’s not full of dopey Marvel and DC fans.”
— Anonymous Image creator on the mood at the Image Expo. It was by all account a successful weekend if only as a pep rally, with hopes for the future and independence for creators. The crowds weren’t immense, except on Saturday, but they liked what they saw.
Above photo from the Hero Blog, who ironically, had a great time:
This convention is exactly what I'd hoped it would be – the vibe is much more casual than WonderCon and all the creators seem to love being there – which means they are all pretty much happy to sign whatever you'd like them too and answer any burning questions you may have.
The Expo has fewer booths (but with great products/prices) and fewer people than WonderCon, but that's a good thing in my opinion. You don't have to wait nearly as long to get books signed (I had a 5 minute wait for Kirkman once he arrived, a 5 minute wait for Brubaker, 2 minutes for Hickman, and 10 minutes for Norman Reedus).
As Todd reported, whether there will ever be another Image Expo depends on many factors, but this show seems destined to go down as capturing a certain moment.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.